Business News 1920
(Ed Note: The links below provide a history of the buildings around the square. They are best viewed on your computer as opposed to your phone.)
Lyman L. Busse, whose place of business was on the north side of the square advertised that he sold tires, automobile tops and Ford accessories. He could repair old tops and put new celluloid or plate glass panels in the back and side curtains. He also made harness by hand, and had the biggest stock of harness in the country. He would oil old harness for 75 cents per double set. https://www.lawrencelore.org/1107-state
P. B. McCullough was the proprietor of Lawrenceville’s large dry good department store on the north side of the square. He came from Carmi in 1901. The McCullough “dept” store had an unusual window display in February. Street passengers had to peek through a prepared peephole in the front window to see the exhibit. (Unfortunately, the newspaper did not say what was inside) https://www.lawrencelore.org/1123-state
Dr. John C. Tanquary, optometrist, formerly with Dr. J. E. Connett, now has offices in Lawrenceville over Thorn’s Drug Store. The stairway is on the west side of the building, near the post office. https://www.lawrencelore.org/1125-state
A new blacksmith shop opened two doors east of Dale and Sheridan’s Drug Store in Sumner. It was owned by George L. Roberts.
J. D. Horner, F. G. Horner, C. J. Borden and J. E. McGaughey were partners in the Horner Elevator and Mill Co. located in Lawrenceville.
Marsh and Allen, a restaurant, in the 600 block on the west side of 12th Street, offered Sunday dinners on February 22, 1920. Entrees on the menu included Baked chicken with oyster dressing; Fricassee of chicken; or Roast pork with apple sauce for fifty cents. Sides included snowflake potatoes, creamed turnips and baked corn. Desserts were Peach Melba and assorted cakes. Diners could also have their choice of sweet or sour pickles, potato salad, chow chow, tea, coffee, and milk. For an additional cost one could purchase: celery- 15 cents, green onions- 10 cents, radishes- 10 cents, head lettuce with mayonnaise dressing- 20 cents, home baked pies-10 cents but cherry pie was 20 cents. They also advertised that they were open till midnight, and served home made chili, donuts that would melt in your mouth, oysters- all kinds- any style, and fresh frogs. (Presumably, they meant frog legs?)
It was also a time when young women were employed. Miss Maude Pepple resigned her position with CIPS and Miss Marian Seed of Bridgeport took her place. Miss Deahn Rice resigned her position at the Lawrenceville Dry Cleaners. Nellie Shinkle clerked in Dr. Montgomery’s office. Miss Ferne Baer, who had been connected with the Lawrence County News for six months had quit to accept a better position. According to the editor, C. F. Stoll, the hours of the new position were much longer and duties far more arduous, but it seemed to him that most girls were willing to quit an easy job when they had an opportunity to take this other one. The new position was more stable, as it was not affected by strikes, lockouts and labor troubles, nor did the high cost of living figure into the term of office. Interested parties could get further details by watching the marriage licenses record that would soon appear in his paper. The editor continued by saying that he assured prospective applicants that an iron- clad contract would be a prime consideration because he was not running a matrimonial bureau.